Adoption Special at EARS
EARS Animal Rescue is having an adoption special on all of their kitties over 10 years old. The donation is only $20. Every cat is spayed or neutered, current on shots and microchipped in your name. Come into the EARS Open Cat Room (no cages) at 145 W. Dearborn Street and fall in love with one of the many adoptable cats. For questions, call 681•3877 (FURR.)
Dog Obedience Classes
Registration is now open for Dog Obedience & Training classes offered by the Suncoast Humane Society. The next six-week session begins on Thursday, February 20 and runs through March 26. A Pet Therapy Preparation class is available, as are Pet Manners classes. Sessions are held at the Greater Venice Dog Club, 250 Center Court, Venice. Class fees are $100 ($80 SHS adopters) and proof of rabies & other required shots required. For questions and registration, call 474•7884.
Charity Quarter Auction
Come have fun and help a good cause at the EARS Charity Quarter Auction on Wednesday, February 26 at American Legion Post 113, 3436 Indiana Road (Rotonda West.) Vendors, prizes and 50/50 raffle. Paddles $3 each or 3 for $6. Bring a couple rolls of quarters to play. Door open at 6pm; fun starts at 7pm. Proceeds go to EARS Animal Rescue. For more info, visit Earsanimalrescue.com.
Jewelry to the Rescue
Stop in to shop a huge selection of vintage, modern, antique, unique and custom jewelry on Friday, February 28, 4 to 7pm at the VFW Post 10178 banquet room, 550 N. McCall Road. The jewelry sales will benefit EARS (Englewood Animal Rescue) and VFW 10178 Auxiliary. Please donate your old, unwanted, out-of-style or broken jewelry at the door. Learn more at Earsanimalrescue.com.
Celebrate Dog Biscuit Day!
February 23 is National Dog Biscuit Day. By most accounts, the dog biscuit industry began with James Spratt, an Ohio electrician, who traveled to London in 1860 and observed mongrel dogs feasting on hardtack, the dry biscuit that sailors ate. He produced “Spratt’s Patent Meat Fibrine Dog Cakes” and obtained a patent. The dog cakes contained beef blood, wheat, and some vegetable products. Others started producing similar products, one of who was F.H. Bennett with Malatoid Milk-Bones (due to inclusion of cow’s milk) in the shape of a bone. The company was bought by Nabisco in 1931 and dogs continue to enjoy Milk Bones today. As a special treat for your canine buddy, you can celebrate by making some homemade dog treats. This dog biscuit recipe is ASPCA veterinarian-approved.
Pumpkin Peanut Treats
2 ½ cups of oat flour
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
¾ cup pumpkin puree
3 tablespoons peanut butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine ingredients well. Roll out ½ inch thick and cut individual biscuits with a cookie cutter. Lay out on greased cookie sheet and bake for 40 minutes or until crunchy. Allow to cool completely before letting your pup enjoy. Keep for up to one week in a sealed container.